So I finally jumped the gun. Long time ago I posted the question in this tread which dap /dac I should use with my UERMs since I was not fully convinced of the sound I was getting. As a temporarily and low profile solution I bought a ipod nano.
Since I had good experience with the Fiio E6 I also had a short affair with the Fiio E11. But where the E6 is a very cheap product with a ridiculously good price quality ratio the E11 is a product that is 3 times the price and takes all the weak points of the E6 to a magnitude of 3. Extreme channel imbalance at low volumes, a dark muffled sound, high noise floor and extremely sensitive to radio interference from my iphones. After half a year of use both the input and output connectors were having loose contacts.
Now after having doubted for a very long time between; audioquest dragonfly, centrance dac and dedicated daps like hifi man, Astel & Kern and the likes I finally decided for the JDS labs C5D. I have to admit to my shame that yet again I have not listened to the product beforehand since headfi gear is not readily available. Therefore my decisions were purely based on reviews and specifications.
I decided for the JDS based on its universal support of both Windows, Linux and ios devices. Another important point for me was the digital volume control to avoid future problems with channel imbalances. Compared to the Fiio E11 I am very happy with the build quality so far and there is absolutely no noize or hiss and it works like a charm with all my devices including the first iteration of the ipad.
Edited by bartus - 4/14/14 at 5:40am